Today’s Match – England-Russia11th Jun 2016 |
This will be the first game in the championship where we will see two real quality teams, although none of them has the quality to be seriously considered in the discussion about potential title winners. But the game will be a highly important one for both teams. If we get a winner here, the chances are high that it will be the winner of the group altogether. And the winner of this group will face the third-place from either group A, C or D later, which might prove to be a huge advantage. In other words, the winner of this game might actually go quite far in this championship.
But the pain of losing might actually be even higher than the gain of winning this game. Group B is a very open group with quite high-quality teams in Wales and Slovakia waiting to face England and Russia in the next games. There is absolutely not certain that neither England nor Russia will manage to defeat these teams, so the loser of England-Russia might be in big trouble and feel a very high pressure for the rest of the tournament. We should expect two careful teams who feel that it is just as important not to lose as it is to win. This will be especially true for Russia.